Expanding The Family Circle

EFC Trainers Manual

This manual provides helpful information for presenters of Expanding the Family Circle Curriculum.  It offers information for pre-training preparation, guidelines for presenting the material, and a reading list. The training Power Point Presentation is also included.

Prior to the training

To be prepared to teach the Expanding the Family Circle curriculum, trainers need to have a good understanding of systems theory, family systems theory, and family centered casework practice.  These theories and concepts provide the foundation of the framework for practice and build on the CORE training that each child welfare caseworker is required to complete in New York State. It is easier to "sell" the Expanding the Family Circle concepts when the trainer has a thorough understanding of the principles of family centered casework practice, because she can present concepts familiar to the caseworker and then expand on those concepts to teach the framework for practice.

The trainer must not only understand the concepts of cultural competence, but also be engaged in his or her own process toward cultural competency.  Ideally trainers will be in the later stages of Bennett’s model of cultural competency development so he or she can model adaptive or integrative behavior.  It is recommended that when there is more than one trainer, they are diverse in race, gender, or another characteristic so participants have an opportunity to witness culturally competent interaction such as mutual respect, cooperation and problem solving between diverse individuals.
Trainers need to understand the "adult learner" and adult learning theory.  Training adult professionals differs from classroom teaching in that adults learn best when they view the material as being relevant to their position of employment therefore trainers must relate material in the curriculum to child welfare casework practice. Trainers who understand family-centered casework practices and who know the job expectations for child welfare workers are better prepared to draw the necessary connections between the two. For example they are able to offer examples and discuss with participants how training concepts relate to casework practice with families.   

Each module presents domestic violence related issues; as such trainers need to understand domestic violence issues at each level of the eco-system.  Child welfare and domestic violence cases overlap in etiology and risk factors such as low family income and impoverished neighborhoods. However the development of trust and cooperative working relationships between professionals who serve children and those who serve victims of domestic violence are quite recent in many service settings.  A thorough understanding of the history and recent progress between the two groups in the training location can prepare trainers to handle situations where they are confronted with stereotypes and negative attitudes.

Power Point Presentation | Trainer Reading List

Module 1: "TIPS"

Module 2: "TIPS"

Module 3: "TIPS"

Module 4: "TIPS"

Module 5: "TIPS"

Module 6: "TIPS"




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